Hirohiko Araki's Manga Technique (荒木飛呂彦の漫画術 Araki Hirohiko no Manga-jutsu) is a book written by Hirohiko Araki. In the book, Araki discusses the techniques used for creating manga, along with developing stories and world-building. The book was released on April 17, 2015 in Japan.
An English release for the book, titled Manga in Theory and Practice: The Craft of Creating Manga, was announced at the Shonen Jump panel of Anime Expo 2016. It was published by VIZ Media in June, 2017.
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In Hirohiko Araki's Manga Technique, Araki discusses his love for Manga, and how he sees it as the "greatest" "complete work of art" (artwork that integrates music, poetry, and acting)", and reveals his secret techniques for drawing and creating manga. Parts of his method include the "Golden Ratio of Beauty" and storytelling methods he learned from reading Ernest Hemmingway. The cover features a self-portrait of Araki with his character Rohan Kishibe.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - Introduction on How to Draw
Chapter 2 - The 'Four Fundamental Structures' of Manga that You'll Want to Get Down
Chapter 3 - How to Make Characters
Chapter 4 - How to Make Stories
Chapter 5 - Drawings Express Everything
Chapter 6 - What is 'World Building' in Manga?
Chapter 7 - All Elements Tie to a 'Theme'
Putting it Into Practice Part 1 - Until the Manga is Made
Putting it Into Practice Part 2 - How to Draw Short Works
- The cover art is the first time Araki drew a self-portrait in his manga artstyle.